Well, my original thought was to go for a snowy owl as my first big year bird, but there might be a chance for a smew on January 1, as I begin my quest.
There is a sentence I never imagined I would type . I am not really a birder. I love to look at birds and take great pleasure in photographing them, but until I learned there was such a thing as a Big Year, the idea of chasing them never occurred to me. But now, it seems to have become my newest obsession. Starting Sunday morning and for the next 365 days I will be hunting birds with my ears, eyes and camera.
I am not going to break any records, but I intend to enjoy every minute of the quest